Rooster has black comb

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by dawnpel, Oct 8, 2016.

  1. dawnpel

    dawnpel Chirping

    Jun 26, 2013
    Sidney, Maine
    I have an Old English bantam roo who is about 6 months old. I noticed today his comb is all black. Its not cold enough for frostbite, i haven't seen any other bird picking on him. I just dont k ow whats wrong. Any ideas?

  2. VolailleAmant

    VolailleAmant Songster

    Jul 26, 2016
    Please post a picture.
    Are you sure it is the professed breed?
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Free Ranging Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    How does he act and seem otherwise? Is he weak or active, lying around or hunched up, or is he able to eat and drink? A black comb in a normally red-combed rooster is a sign of not getting enough oxygen, either from heart or respiratory failure, or that he is dying. Is there any gasping, wheezing, rattles, or nasal drainage? Haveyou looked into his throat with a light? I have seen my rooster's comb become a little dark in cold weather or in times of stress, but it usually pinks up after a bit. Here is a good link to read about common respiratory and other diseases:

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